This piece is about 10″ high, a mixture of Super Sculpey, Sculpey III, and Sculpey Firm over and aluminum and brass armature, based on a design by Sean Downey. The mixture of Super Sculpey and Sculpey firm give me a texture I prefer to work with, particularly in the hot weather when polymer clay gets a little gummier.
Sometimes you need to get something wrong to figure out what you want.
It’s not that I don’t like how this piece came out, but it represents my first thoughts on how the character should look and after a while, I realized this wasn’t quite right. Sometimes I’ll get a hit with my first attempt at designing something. More often, when the rubber meets the road, I figure out where I need to make adjustments.
Overall, I’m pleased with the thick, excessive features, contrasting the almost glamour-makeup look of the blue-black lips (modeled on Chow Chow and bear tongues), the overly wide mouth (stitched at the sides; he likes to talk, this guy) and dark eye-sockets. The flowing hair and wide sideburns make him look like a Gothic hero who’s been left to over-ripen and maybe even spoil. But this is a runner-up, not the character I’m looking for.
Every wrong turn brings me somewhere, even if it’s not where I thought I was going.
90% of the way done now.
Another work-in-progress for an (exciting!) ongoing project (that I can’t talk about yet). This Super Sculpey/Sculpey Firm piece will be cast and then reproduced in a number of different materials, such as epoxy resin, sculptor’s wax, and pudding (maybe). Final version will have long hair which may be rooted, like a doll’s hair.
This piece is about an inch and a half, working at a 1:12th scale.
Also included is an illustrated diagram of the headsculpt which will be used to make changes I need to make and to resculpt the head at different scales if necessary.
Once again, if you have any comments or, even better, questions, please post them. I love to talk process, but don’t know if it’s of interest to anyone else.
After Christmas and after (mostly) getting over a cold, I got a chance to start work on two new sculptures.
This represents about a day’s work. Clearly, there’s not much here yet beside the roughed-in shapes and a peek at the armature.
I like to see works-in-progress. I find process very interesting, but I’d like to hear from anyone reading this post. What do you want to see? Works-in-progress or only finished pieces? Please leave a comment and let me know. Thanks!
This Summer I taught a sculpture class, during which I did a rough one-off sculpture (as opposed to something I cast and duplicate) of Darwyn Cooke’s version of Richard Stark’s character Parker. My talented and prolific (seriously Erica, you’re making everyone else look bad) friend Erica Henderson is going to paint it. Here are the “before” pics: